Webinar Learning Modules from Molecular Probes®

For 30 years, Molecular Probes® has been the leading provider of novel fluorescent reagents. During that time our scientists and technical support teams have become the knowledge leaders for fluorescence technologies. The Molecular Probes® Handbook demonstrates this wealth of expertise. Now we are developing the Molecular Probes® webinar series to educate researchers interested in utilizing fluorescence technologies. The webinars are divided into learning modules to make navigating the information easy.

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An Introduction to Immunofluorescence Staining of Cultured Cells
Original air date: October 5, 2011

This webinar discusses the steps of an immunofluorescence staining protocol including assembling a materials list, common variations, and necessary controls. Other topics covered include a simple troubleshooting guide, how to avoid common pitfalls, and Q&A from the live event.

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Fluorophore Selection in Experimental Design
Original Air Date: April 26, 2012

The choice of fluorophore is one of the first important decisions to make in developing an experiment.  Fluorophores are compounds that emit light when excited with another, lower, wavelength, but there are many different types.  This webinar will cover:

  • How to choose the best organic dye for an assay
  • Describe quantum dots and how they compare to other dyes
  • When to use a phycobiliprotein like R-PE or APC?
  • When to use fluorescent proteins, like GFP
  • Choosing a suitable dye to match your instrument

In addition, we will explore the basic characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of the various fluors to help you choose and develop the best assay for your needs.

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A Practical Approach to Antibody Labeling
Original Air Date: June 7, 2012

The growing number of fluorophores available makes labeling your own antibodies a tempting proposition. But with many antibody labeling solutions available, selecting the best option can be a daunting task. This webinar will provide you with:

  • An overview of our antibody labeling kits
  • Guidance on which methods are ideal for specific applications and experiments
  • Tips and tricks to optimize your labeling protocol

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